World Cup winner and Brighton midfielder Alexis Mac Allister is expected to leave The Seagulls this summer, with two London giants Arsenal and Chelsea the most interested clubs in acquiring him as it stands, according to Argentinian reporter Gastón Edul.
Mac Allister surprised the world with his performances in Qatar and drew the attention of many top European clubs. However, it seems that 24-year old’s preference is to stay in the Premier League.
So far, the two clubs most interested in his services are Arsenal and Chelsea. Arsenal see him as the perfect addition to the role Granit Xhaka currently fills in the side. Mac Allister is a very versatile player who can operate anywhere across the midfield as well as on the wings & with the Gunners participation in Champions League looking very likely next season, Mikel Arteta will be keen to add more quality in depth during the next transfer window.
Brighton’s phenomenal season hasn’t gone unnoticed in the footballing world and Mac Allister is one of the most important players in Roberto De Zerbi’s side. So far this season in the Premier League the player has scored six goals and provided one assist in 20 games, with an average rating of 7.59, according to FotMob.
In the World Cup he started every game bar the first one and was a key factor in Argentina’s run to the final, where he played in a more attacking role for his country and exceeded all expectations in Qatar.
Mac Allister has been constantly praised by media and coaches for his fantastic work ethic, his passing and his decision making in the final third. On top of all that he is also a set-piece specialist, with four of his six Premier League goals coming from either penalties or free kicks. It is believed that Brighton will demand around €60m for the player to leave in the summer transfer window.
With Arsenal recently negotiating with Brighton over the transfers of Ben White & Leandro Trossard, it’s been said there is a strong relationship there for the two clubs to do business in the future, which could give Arsenal the upper hand over Chelsea in signing the Argentine.